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Dr. Weil's Daily Tip - "Take a Breather"


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Dr. Weil's Daily Tip (from www.drweil.com)

Today's Tip: Take a Breather

Most people breathe about 20,000 times per day - more if they are exercising strenuously. Don't take your lungs for granted; instead, take good care of them and do the following:

Avoid irritants. Pollution, bacteria, viruses, molds, chemical and gas fumes...all can aggravate your lungs. Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter at home to filter out irritants, especially if you have pets.

Eat antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Apples, oranges and tomatoes can nourish the lungs, and carotenes in carrots, yellow squash and dark leafy greens may help protect against lung cancer.

Exercise. Regular fitness strengthens breathing muscles and improves the respiratory system. If you have lung problems, talk with your physician about a fitness program.

Do breathing exercises. Try taking slow, deep, regular breaths, and extend each exhalation to squeeze out more air.

Stop smoking. Avoid second-hand smoke, too. Both can lead to lung cancer.

Clean out your lungs. Drinking pure water can help to rid your lungs of germs, irritants and toxins.

Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is a healing-oriented system of medicine that takes into account the whole person (body, mind and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. Emphasizing the therapeutic relationship, Integrative Medicine makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.

Disclaimer: All material provided in the Ask Dr. Weil program is provided for educational purposes only. Consult your own physician regarding the applicability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your symptoms or medical condition.

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